Paul J. Pantano, Jr. focuses his practice in the areas of energy, commodities and derivatives law. He represents swap and commodity dealers, brokerage firms, energy companies and trade associations in a wide variety of regulatory, investigative, litigation and transactional matters.
Paul regularly represents clients in investigations and regulatory matters before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), self-regulatory organizations, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Chambers USA (2021) ranks Paul in Band 1 for Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation) - USA - Nationwide, and Band 2 for Capital Markets: Derivatives - USA - Nationwide, and is recognized in the “Spotlight Tables” for Derivatives: Mainly Regulatory - USA - Nationwide and Derivatives: Enforcement - USA - Nationwide. Chambers Global (2021) ranks him in Band 1 for Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation) - USA, Band 2 for Capital Markets: Derivatives - USA, and in the Spotlight Table for Capital Markets: Derivatives: Mainly Regulatory - USA. He is also recognized in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers.
Represented scores of swap dealers, futures commission merchants, wholesale energy and commodity dealers, merchants, financial institutions, producers and end users in CFTC, FERC, joint CFTC-FERC, and SRO investigations, many of which were closed without the initiation of enforcement actions
- Negotiated many settlements with the CFTC, FERC and SROs on behalf of CFTC registrants and energy and commodity trading companies
- Represented several U.S. and international financial institutions in purchasing and selling derivatives and commodities businesses and transaction portfolios
- Represented financial institutions in monetizing commodity and derivatives transactions
- Represented financial institutions in structured intermediation arrangements, commodity repurchase agreements, and secured hedging transactions
- Represented financial institutions and energy marketers in structured renewable energy transactions
- Represented commodity suppliers and hedge providers in long-term prepaid commodity purchase and sale transactions
Prior to entering private practice, Paul was a trial attorney in the Division of Enforcement of the CFTC, where he represented the Commission in numerous civil and administrative enforcement actions.
Paul is a past chair of the American Bar Association Committee on Derivatives and Futures Law. He is a member of the Law & Compliance Division of the Futures Industry Association, the Energy Bar Association and a former adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School, where he co-taught a graduate law course on the regulation of commodity and derivatives transactions. He is a member of the Duke Law Alumni Board of Visitors.